I participated in two half marathon’s last season, which were also my first and second marathons of my life. I realised that running a marathon entails different meanings for different people. For professionals it’s about the competition. But for most runners, a Marathon brings about a gamut of life lessons. In this seven post series I am going to draw your attention towards these very life lessons.
My finish time for my first Marathon was 101 minutes. I was just glad that I crossed the finishing line. While for the second Marathon, I clocked a finishing time of 91 minutes. Yes, a straight 10 minutes reduction from the first one. The two Marathons were only 15 days apart, yet there was a sea change in my running experience.
A week ahead of my very first Bar-A-Thon, I was breaking my head over what I could write that would fall in line with the Marathon theme for this year’s Bar-A-Thon. And then I decided to align it with my personal resolution for this year.
Marathon Lessons To Bring More Happiness Into My Life
So here’s a peep into how after running two Marathons I was able to derive seven relevant lessons for a happier Me.
- Plan Your Energy Expenditure
- Be Better Than Yourself
- Run Together
- Cheer For Others
- Don’t Give Up
- Practice Discipline
Long Lasting Happiness Begins with Mental and Emotional Endurance
Within 15 minutes of starting my half Marathon, I was panting and huffing and puffing. I wanted to give up. I felt like my lungs would blow out of my mouth and I would go sprawling on the road. Clearly, endurance or the lack of it is what put me in this extremely mock worthy situation.
A general Oxford dictionary meaning of the word ‘Endurance is
The capacity of something to last or to withstand wear and tear
How is Mental and Emotional Endurance related to Happiness?
Paraphrasing the meaning above, I would say that it is Endurance that keeps you going, when the going gets tough. For an individual seeking to be happy, endurance would mean the capability to keep mental and emotional turmoil at bay in the light of external challenges.
One needs Mental and Emotional Endurance while dealing with most of our relationships. Be it strict parents, demanding boss, unco-operative kids or an unresponsive spouse. Life events where one needs endurance may be exams, official enquiries, team conflicts etc. One needs to endure too much in this journey called life. We become so emotionally invested, that even little things of no significance sometimes lead us to lose the plot.
So what do we do?
If I say that ‘Learn to keep yourself aloof whenever a difficult situation arises in your life’, I would be an apathetic fool. What needs to be done instead is to train your mind and emotions to not go on a panic trip in the face of a challenge. Instead have the will power and perseverance to analyse the situation from out of the frame and do not lose the plot.
Always remember that you cannot change people, you can only control your reaction and may be change the situation a little bit through your wisdom.
Tips to improve your Mental and Emotional Endurance
- Delay judgment and do not react on Impulse. More relationships and circumstances worsen because we tend to pounce on conclusions and make judgments against people.
- Do not give others’ opinion too much importance. They are not in your situation. Go by your gut feeling. Yet remember to remain polite to people. You will not attract any negativity like that.
- Do not over-analyse a situation. Focus on what needs to be done to solve the problem. The Ws and H while analyzing a problem should have only that much relevance so as to help in seeking solution.
- Exercise your brain – Read, solve puzzles, crosswords, play games that improve concentration. It will also improve your reflex time and help you deal with spot situations better.
- Exercise your emotions – Take some time off to reflect on your day. Sit in solace, think about the events where you would have like to behave differently. Remember your reactions and visualize the different reaction that you would have preferred. Affirm to yourself that next time when in a similar situation, you will react in this particular manner.
- Uplift Your Vibration – Meditate – Like when our body can’t endure much when it is low on energy, our spirit can’t endure any stress situations when our aura is weak. Regular meditation can go a long way in strengthening your aura and increasing your spiritual vibration to raise your threshold bar of getting stressed.
The simple rule of thumb is to remind yourself that one cannot give up on life. Better to come out of it stronger and larger than life.
Share with us how Mental and Emotional Endurance can come in handy. Have any of the above tips ever helped you to deal with stress better?
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